Megapixel has posted a review of the Olympus SP 700, a 6 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera featuring ‘BrightCapture Technology’ which will allow you to take perfectly exposed shot in low light withouth having to use flash, a weatherproof metal body with 3x optical zoom (37-111mm equivalent) and a huge 3″ LCD Screen.
“With the sensitivity set to 64 ISO, noise is undetectable in photos captured outdoors and with good light. Images captured at 100 ISO are likewise very good, noise being only detectable in shadow areas. At 200 and 400 ISO, noise becomes increasingly visible, and can be found in areas that contain uniform colours as well as in shadows. Nevertheless, 400 ISO is useable in bright daylight, and can produce good photos while ensuring that the camera has a sufficiently high shutter speed to freeze movement.”
DCRP have reviewed the Sony CyberShot DSC-W50, a 6.0 megapixel (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens (38 – 114mm equivalent), and a 2.5″ LCD Screen.
“Pro: Very good photo quality in most situations, Low noise levels for its class through ISO 400, Compact, stylish body comes in silver and black, Snappy performance, Large 2.5″ LCD display (though resolution could be better), AF-assist lamp, good but slow low light focusing, Above average battery life, Nice movie mode, Optional conversion lenses, filters, and underwater case, Support for USB 2.0 High Speed protocol
Cons: Color saturation changes at ISO 800 and 1000; noise levels limit you to small, mediocre quality prints at those settings, Redeye, focusing can be slow at telephoto end of lens or in low light, Unimpressive continuous shooting mode, No manual controls; custom white balance and shutter speed controls needed, as shown in the photo tests, No Mac software included”
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Casio Exilim EX-Z120, a 7.2 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with anti-shake DSP, 3x optical zoom, and a 2.0″ LCD screen, has been reviewed at Megapixel. Here’s their verdict on image quality
“Image quality is good to very good, the images have very good colour, with good saturation, contrast and detail – although images are slightly soft, and could do with sharpening, either in camera or afterwards. The camera did a good job focusing – although the camera occasionally struggled in low-light, the majority of the time focusing in low-light was successful. I did not notice vignetting in photos, nor did I notice barrel or pincushion distortion. There is a good range of image sizes, and a good choice of compression options. The macro mode is average, although it does provides good detail and colour. Auto white balance and metering seemed to be very good the majority of the time. Red-eye was a problem in some of the photos, however purple fringing was very low. The movie mode choices are good, providing 640×480 and 30 frames per second with sound. Noise was slightly high at the higher settings, but at the lower settings wasn’t a problem. The camera’s “Anti-shake” mode using ISO800 and ISO1600 may be useful if you don’t want to take flash photos, and if you intend to print at a small size, although it isn’t as successful as real anti-shake such as optical image stabilisation or anti-shake sensor, nor is the high ISO mode as successful as the “
About.com has recently posted a review of Panasonic DMC-FZ7, a 6.0 Megapixel SLR-like digital camera with 12x optical zoom (36=432mm equivalent) lens with image stabilisation and a 2.5″ LCD Screen.
“I am used to the fast response times of digital SLR cameras, and was pleasantly surprised by the Panasonic DMC-FZ7. Focusing was instantaneous except in the most challenging low-light conditions. There is little delay between the time you press the shutter and when the camera takes the shot, great news for action photographers.
The Panasonic DMC-LZ7 is a great choice for the indecisive: no matter what the subject of your photo, the LZ7 has a setting that will help you get the shot. It’s a great camera for people with kids, since the fast response time means that you don’t miss fleeting moments. It’s easy to carry around everywhere you go, and yet still comfortable enough to use for an entire day of photography.”
New DxO Optics Pro V3.55a Provides Significant Refinements As Well As Support For Three New Advanced Digicams
Free upgrade improves software while support for new Samsung, Kodak and Fuji cameras increases versatility of DxO Optics Pro
Paris, France (March 30, 2006) – DxO Labs announces today the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v3.55a software, a free upgrade to DxO Optics Pro v3.5. Version 3.55a of DxO Labs’ flagship product for automatic image quality enhancement contains a number of significant refinements which will improve users’ experience when using DxO Optics Pro. Notably:
- New configurable “docked palette” mode for easy access to all adjustment tools.
- Improved configuration wizard.
- The “Automatic” mode of DxO Optics Pro is now easily and fully configurable thanks to a “Default preset”.
- Option to save or not .dxo sidecar files.
- Option to set application level output setting preferences (can be locally overridden).
- Numerous other improvements and fixes.
A great set of Solar Eclipse photographs taken by Rogério Mariano at 29.03.06 between 5.20 AM- 6.20 AM in Olinda, Brazil.
Olympus has recently announced the release of Olympus E-500 Firmware Ver. 1.2. The firmware Ver. 1.2. will add a menu fuction for exchanging AEL/AFL button and one-touch WB button. It will also improve the precision of exposure by built-in flash. Exposure level of built-in flash with the combination of some of lenses* is improved.
*) Sigma Corp. Four-Thirds lenses (18-50mm F3.5- 5.6 DC,18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC, 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC)
Ben Long has written a comparison review of Canon EOS 30D and Nikon D200. Here’s his verdict;
“Your price concerns might be a little clearer and easier to understand: the D200 costs more. The typical street price difference is about $300, so if you’re already feeling like the Canon camera is pushing your budget, the Nikon offering is probably not an option. Bear in mind also that you’re going to want to buy some lenses, so the $300 difference might impact your lens-buying options. On the other hand, you get a couple of features in the D200 that the 30D doesn’t have – such as the built-in intervalometer and better auto-bracketing – so there is a slight value add for the extra price of the Nikon.
If you make your living shooting in low-light, then I would say that you’re better off with the 30D. The better low-light autofocusing, and quality advantage that it has in low-light, high ISO situations will serve you better.”